My school was lucky enough to find the funds to purchase a 3D printer for my classroom. I’ve been hoping to get a printer for the past several years and the time has finally come. We’ve had the printer for the past few months and we have done a few dozen prints on it.
In the video above I go over a brief review of the printer and the pluses and minuses of the printer. Below is brief breakdown of what I have found so far.
- Easy and quick setup
- Simple leveling
- High quality prints
- Quiet (useful for printing while teaching)
- Software has no manual and has some quirks
- Must use propriety software for prints, which means that you can’t use popular open sourced software
- Software does not have inbuilt build support (for overhangs and such)
- Only prints PLA
- Propriety filament and spool. Using less expensive filament voids your warranty.
I am in love with the printer. The Dremel Idea Builder is built solidly and is a breeze to use. While there are minor (in my opinion unnecessary) quirks, the printer fits in perfectly with what my students need. I wish it had a few more bells and whistles, like a heated bed, but I can’t complain about the overall printer.